Pharmacy technician education and training

Pharmacy technicians are a vital part of the pharmacy team, working under the supervision of a pharmacist. 

They prepare medicines and other healthcare products and supply them to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines.

As a qualified technician you could be involved in areas such as:

  • medicines management 
  • manufacturing
  • aseptic dispensing
  • quality control
  • training and development
  • procurement
  • information technology
  • clinical trials
  • medicines information
  • supervision
  • management of staff.

The training consists of two years consecutive work-based experience under the direction of a pharmacist to whom the trainee is directly accountable for not less than 14 hours per week. 

To qualify as a pharmacy technician, you need to complete both a GPhC-approved competency-based qualification and a knowledge-based qualification.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements will vary depending on the course provider. However, as a guide, you might be expected to have the equivalent of four GCSEs at Grade C and above, including mathematics, English language, science and one other subject. You will also need to be working in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist as per our work experience requirements for registration.

Approved pharmacy technician training programmes

You can find details of the approved national qualifications and GPhC accredited training providers together with the latest accreditation reports.

For further information on the accreditation of these programmes, please see Approval process for education and training providers.

Student code

All those undertaking training as a pharmacy technician must abide by the GPhC's code of conduct for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians:

Code of conduct for trainee pharmacy technicians

Pre-registration pharmacy technician educational supervisors

The GPhC recommends that a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician's employer chooses a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to act as the trainee's designated educational supervisor. That person should have oversight of the trainee's training and should be a source of advice and guidance. The educational supervisor might have another role as well, such as being an assessor.

Pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians can have a variety of people actively involved in their training. These can include mentors, assessors, work colleagues and line managers. The GPhC has developed guidance on titoring for those that play an active role in the training of pharmacy technicians. It is intended that people in these roles will use this guidance when it is relevant to them.

Please see our guidance for further information:

Guidance on tutoring for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians